the pindo-zionist project is stalled, as long as hezbollah’s rockets are fuelled by iran

Erdogan spokesman says Turkey and Russia to deploy in Syria’s Idlib: Turkish TV
Reuters, Jun 22 2017

Turkish and Russian personnel will be deployed in Syria’s northern Idlib region as part of a de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month, Turkish broadcasters quoted the Turkish presidential spokesman as saying on Thursday.
Ibrahim Kalin was quoted by Haberturk television channel as saying the de-escalation zones, agreed by Turkey, Russia and Iran, would be further discussed during talks in the Kazakh capital Astana in early July. Kalin was quoted as saying:

We will probably be most prominent in the Idlib region with the Russians. Mostly Russia and Iran around Damascus, and a mechanism involving the Pindosis and Jordan in the south in the Deraa region is being worked on. Russia has proposed Kazakh and Kyrgyz forces be sent as well.

Are Pindostan and Russia inching toward confrontation in Syria?
Michael Knigge, Deutsche Welle, Jun 21 2017

When a Pindosi Navy F/A-18E shot down a Syrian SU-22 after it reportedly attacked Pindo-supported fighters near the embattled city of Raqqa, it did not take long for Moscow to respond to what it viewed as an “aggression” against Syrian government forces, which the Kremlin backs. Russian officials not only suspended the so-called deconfliction channel with Pindostan that was set up to avoid potential military incidents between the two countries, but also said the military would shoot down any foreign aircraft west of the Euphrates River, which they consider the Kremlin’s area of operations. (CRAP ALERT – RB)Yezid Sayigh of Carnegie said the key question about the latest incident was why Syria’s government would even deploy a fighter jet over Raqqa, which it has not done for years. Sayigh wrote in an email:

My assessment is that the Assad regime is testing and probing the Pindo red lines there and in the badia, the southeast desert areas, and Pindostan is simply asserting that red line, no more.

The incident put a spotlight on the intensifying proxy war in Syria between forces backed by Russia and those supported by Pindostan, a conflict that has the potential to increasingly pit the two countries directly against each other in the battle over the future of Syria. Prior to shooting down the warplane, Pindo forces had struck pro-government soldiers three times in recent weeks to counter what officials said were attacks on Pindo-backed troops in the country. Pindostan has recently ramped up military support for allied groups in Syria in an effort drive Daesh out of the city of Raqqa. Though there is an increased risk for direct confrontation, two experts said neither Pindostan nor Russia had any interest in letting the situation further escalate. Jonathan Stevenson, a former NSC director for MENA political-military affairs in the Obama White House, said:

The risks of escalation and of direct confrontation and more direct conflict between Pindostan and Russia have increased, and some might even say there are fait accompli since the number of incidents has increased. Pindo boxtops likely want to avoid seeing things spiral to a point that ultimately could require a bigger ground troop deployment in Syria than intended. Further hostilities between Russia and Pindostan, whether intentional or accidental, should not come as a surprise, especially if the use of the deconfliction channel becomes more sporadic and Pindostan incrementally increases its operations in support of opposition forces. Russia should be wary of any further escalation, as that could push its military into a situation in which its forces are overstretched in such a way that they would not be able match the capabilities of Pindostan, essentially having their bluff called.

Iwan Morgan, professor of Pindosi studies at University College London, said:

It’s a very dangerous situation. The chances of confrontation have risen significantly. Although neither Pindostan nor Russia has an interest in confrontation, of course you could say that about many conflicts in history which then reach a certain point and then boil over. I’m worried about a possible confrontation between the Pindostan and Iran, which has been the Syrian government’s other key backer.

The scholars agreed that, though a broader Pindosi strategy is difficult to discern, one that goes beyond the current counter-terrorism operation against Daesh, regime change is not on Faschingstein’s agenda, at least for the moment.

France’s Macron says sees no legitimate successor to Syria’s Assad
John Irish, Reuters, Jun 21 2017

PARIS – Pres Macron said on Wednesday he saw no legitimate successor to Syrian Pres Assad, and France no longer considers his departure a precondition to resolving the conflict. He said Assad was an enemy of the Syrian people, but not of France, and that Paris’ priority was fighting terrorist groups and ensuring Syria did not become a failed state. His comments were in stark contrast to those of the previous French administration and echo Moscow’s stance that there is no viable alternative to Assad. Macron said in an interview with eight European newspapers:

The new perspective that I have had on this subject is that I have not stated that Bashar al-Assad’s departure is a pre-condition for everything because nobody has shown me a legitimate successor. My lines are clear: Firstly, a complete fight against all the terrorist groups. They are our enemies. More than 230 people have been killed in attacks on the French mainland since Jan 2015. We need everybody’s cooperation, especially Russia, to eradicate them. Secondly, ensuring the stability of Syria so that it does not become a failed state.

Until now, France has been a backer of the Syrian opposition. It has demanded the conflict be resolved through a credible political transition based on UNSCRs negotiated between Syria’s warring parties (sic – RB) with the UN in Geneva. Macron’s victory has offered an opportunity for Paris to re-examine its policy on Syria, with some considering the previous administration’s stance too intransigent, possibly leaving France isolated. Macron made no mention of the UNSC role in the interview, saying only:

My deep conviction is that there needs to be a diplomatic and political roadmap. We will not resolve this solely militarily.

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was in Moscow on Tuesday pushing for closer co-operation with Russia as part of what he said could drive relations to a renewed “spirit of trust.” Macron appears to put his faith firmly in convincing Pres Putin to seek a solution. Macron said:

I don’t think he has an unshakeable friendship with Assad. He has two obsessions, fighting terrorism and avoiding a failed state, and so that’s why convergent views on Syria appear.

He said he believed it would be possible to work with Putin to fight terrorism and find a solution to the crisis, although he made clear Paris would no longer let the use of chemical weapons in Syria go unpunished. He said:

The use of chemical weapons will see a response, including by France alone. France will therefore be completely aligned with Pindostan on this.

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